On November 30, 2021, Barbados became the world's youngest republic, cutting historic ties with the British monarchy. In the 17th century, the Caribbean island state became a British colony dedicated to sugar production. Some 90 percent of its population are descended from slaves. Since independence in 1966, Barbados had long been ambivalent about its colonial heritage. But today, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is taking the country into a new era. Our team reports.
28 Dec 2021
Weeks after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state, Barbados is set for a general election. The country's ruling party currently has an overwhelming majority in parliament.
30 Nov 2021
Barbados declared hit singer Rihanna a national hero at its republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown. Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old would be conferred with the honor of National Hero of Barbados to cheers. Rihanna was called up before the crowds to be congratulated by Mottley.
17 Sep 2020
In a speech before the Parliament of Barbados, Governor-General Sandra Mason calls for a Barbadian head of state and for the Caribbean island to become a republic by November next year. "The time has come to leave our colonial past behind," says Mason.
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11 Aug 2019
Venezuela responded to President Donald Trump's move to freeze assets in the US by skipping talks with Juan Guaido's team in Barbados. The government accused Guaido of 'celebrating and promoting' so-called US aggression.